2019 NSHEN Annual Conference

Understanding and Responding to Moral Distress in Healthcare

October 24, 2019


  • clarify the specific moral/ethical aspects of moral distress
  • help participants identify root causes of moral distress in terms of values
  • validate experience of moral distress
  • provide ways to frame and describe experiences of moral distress
  • provide tools to help address and manage experiences

This year our conference will be filmed and released for viewing on October 24, 2019.

There is no registration required. The video link to watch the individual sessions will be available for a limited time so be sure to arrange for viewing groups to watch these important discussions on moral distress in healthcare.

Guest Speakers

Moral Distress: An Introduction

Objective: Provide background on moral distress and define it as a concept, distinguishing moral distress from other related phenomena.

Dr. Shannon Spenceley

Associate Professor, Nursing, Health Sciences University of Lethbridge, Calgary, Alberta

Simulated Interactions

Objective: Demonstrate how moral distress might arise in healthcare practice.

Scenario 1: Dr. Parisa Shahrabadi

Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS

Scenario 2: Dr. Misan Lee

Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS

Panel Discussion

Objective: Highlight the continuity and disjunction between how moral distress is experienced in different professional and organizational contexts.


Dr. Abraham Rudnick

Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS

Dr Merlinda Weinberg

Professor, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS

Angela Arra

Clinical Nurse Specialist, IWK Health Cente, Halifax NS

Moral Distress: Where Do We Go from Here?

Objective: Present strategies for responding to the challenge of moral distress in healthcare practice.

Dr. Franco Carnevale

Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, Montreal QC